Young child survival and development







© UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Myo Thame
A child in Hlaing Thar Yar Township is vaccinated with Measles and Rubella during second round of campaign is held in February 2015.The national Measles and Rubella campaign, which aimed to protect some 17 million children across Myanmar

Child and maternal health

The major causes of death in Myanmar among children below the age of five are illnesses linked to preterm and delivery complications, and preventable infections such as pneumonia and diarrhoea. To reduce death and illness, UNICEF helps develop policies, creates demand for services, and strengthens health care systems to reach every child and mother in need.

Our key interventions are:

  • Preventing complications due to preterm birth and during labour and delivery, by ensuring that every woman and newborn child receives quality care from pregnancy through child birth and the postnatal period.
  • Protecting children and women against deadly infections (such as tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus) by ensuring that all children and women are vaccinated through routine and mass immunization programmes; expanding coverage in remote areas; and having adequate stocks of vaccines and the equipment to store them.
  • Early identification and treatment of children with pneumonia and diarrhoea in the community, at local health facilities and in hospitals by ensuring that community and health workers have adequate knowledge, skills and resources.
  • Reducing deaths during emergencies by ensuring that all children and women affected by conflict or natural disasters have access to a minimum standard of health care.



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